Monday, October 20, 2014

Powder Room Makeover

Have you ever had one thing happen that changed everything? Well, we did last month. It all started with a toilet. Can you imagine a toilet causing such a stir? It was because of this Kohler beauty that we received new from a friend for FREE! A couple had it installed, never used it but didn't like it so it was taken out. It is one of the taller versions which works when your whole family is super, duper tall like mine! It also flushes a bunch a golf balls!! Don't ask...


Well, with a new toilet, you should always paint the walls while the room is empty, right? So I chose Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.


One thing led to another that caused me to purchase a new light, mirror and accessories. It's called Pinterest. Have you heard of it? It's very hard to take pictures of a powder room!




I loved those floating shelves I saw on Pinterest and ask Mr. Creative if he would mind making some for me. We chose oak since it has such a nice grain to it and I stained them a dark walnut. I think he did just an awesome job on them.


I wanted to keep all my dad's pictures and mementos in here but I did dress it up some with a pop of deep lilac.


Here is the culprit of all this change. Doesn't she look pretty sitting here in all her glory???? If you notice, I had to hide the hunting magazines with a couple decorating ones! Think Mr. Creative will notice?


On another day, I will give you the before and after shots. It's quite a transformation. Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Bonnie

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fashion for the Tall Woman Over 40 - Guest Post

Crystelle from Crystelle Boutique has a wonderful blog called Tall Tales. It's a blog about the challenges of fashion and style for those of us over the average height. She invited me to do a guest post on her wonderful blog today! Like her and her beautiful daughter, Juliette, I'm quite tall at 5' 11½".

Here is one outfit of mine on her blog. This would be a casual layered look. Please ignore the hunter green carpet. That is one thing I hope is gone soon!



I'm also doing a style challenge this month and I put together this outfit from the recommendations. Because I have my hair up, I added the scarf to minimize the length of my long neck. There are many tricks to the trade of hiding those "imperfections"!


The style challenge called for some of those cute  short boots but the rain here today would have ruined them! Which is also why I have the rain jacket and my hair in a ponytail!



To see more outfits I have put together for work and casual for a tall woman over 40, please stop by Crystelle's blog at Tall Tales.

Thanks again, Crystelle for inviting me over. I hope I've offered something of value to your "tall" readers!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Giving Vinyl a Makeover

It's so hard to believe that it has been almost a year since the last time I posted on my blog. I had such high hopes of being able to take time to post once I returned to the workforce, however I can see that isn't going to happen.

However, today I've done something that I was so excited about and had to share. I'm only in the beginning stages but I'm amazed that this is working. There are many things that I've tried in my DIY life. Some turned out really well and others....not so much. 

Here is where it started... We have this wonderful pontoon boat that we purchased new in 1999. This boat has brought so many hours of fun for our family over the last 15 years. Our boys were 5 & 6 years old when we bought it which is so hard to believe. 


Not the best picture but you get the idea! Well, over time without a garage, the mold and mildew began to take it's toll on our beautiful boat. I tried everything to get the stain off with no luck. Here is what it looks like now. Just makes me want to cry.



This is after scrubbing and power washing everything. I went online and read what I could find about cleaning the vinyl seats but nothing seems to work. Then I came across something called vinyl paint. I've painted everything else you can imagine, why not vinyl?


So I ordered it and it sat for another year because it is an overwhelming job to me. Today I decided it was time to at least test it out. Tell me what you think?

BEFORE


AFTER


I'm amazed how soft and flexible it bonded to the vinyl. Now granted, I have to do all of the off white vinyl but that's okay as long as it works. Mr. Creative is going to have to help me do the taping off since I don't have the patience. 

I will do more reveal pictures when we are done. Hoping to finish up this weekend. Here is another before and after of a second test I did.

BEFORE



AFTER


I wish all of you mothers out there a wonderful Mother's Day tomorrow. I will be working on projects, but that's okay! Thank you for stopping by to check in on me from time to time!

Bonnie

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